EwingCole Adds Director of Operations to Irvine Office

EwingCole, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering, and interior design firms, announced that Joseph Castner, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP has joined the firm as the Irvine Director of Operations. Castner will play a key role in team coordination, staff development, and financial performance for the Irvine office.

“We are delighted to add Joe to the leadership team,” said Michael Lehman, managing principal of EwingCole’s west coast healthcare practice. “He is well-versed in the culture of a multi-disciplinary firm and his ability to provide leadership at the operational level will offer added value for our clients.”

With over 30 years of professional experience, Joe previously worked for SOM in Chicago, New York, and London and was most recently a principal and managing director at Jacobs/KlingStubbins’ in Washington, DC.  His previous clients include Boston Properties, Lockheed Martin, Skanska Development, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Broadgate Estates in London.

Joe graduated from Columbia University in 1985 with a master of science in architecture.  He is an active member in the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects.  Joe resides in Laguna Beach with his wife, Suzanne.

EwingCole Designs Renovations to The Pavilion at Villanova University






EwingCole has designed a $60,000,000 renovation to The Pavilion, home of the 2016 NCAA men’s basketball champion Villanova Wildcats. EwingCole’s renderings of the new facility were revealed on March 8, at a ceremony held in conjunction with the Big East Basketball Tournament in New York City. The renovated Pavilion is expected to begin in June 2017 and be completed for the start of the 2018-19 basketball season.

“It was important to Villanova that we celebrate the uniqueness of The Pavilion while creating an unmatched Division I basketball experience for the players and the fans,” said Bill McCullough, AIA, principal of EwingCole’s sports practice. “We worked closely with administrators, coaches, staff, and alumni to create a project that reimagines the arena into a world-class, basketball-centric facility all about fan experience.”

Upgrades to the two-story, 6,500-seat structure include a relocated main entrance, a completed concourse, and increased quality of premium offerings, seating, and amenities.  These modernizations will not only support Villanova’s men’s and women’s basketball programs but other University-wide events and programs.

According to McCullough, Villanova targeted several specific items for improvement. “Ultimately our goal was to significantly enhance fan experience, player and performer experience, and operational efficiency within the Pavilion.”

The design of The Pavilion includes relocating the main entrance. This new entry sequence, at the southwest corner of the building, will allow the majority of patrons to enter the building closer to where they arrive and take advantage of the large area south of the main arena.

“A great experience begins as soon as the fan has left their […]

EwingCole & Perkins Eastman Co-Publish New White Paper Examining The Benefits & Challenges Of Design Research

EwingCole and Perkins Eastman are pleased to announce the release of their new joint white paper “Where Are We Now?: Elevating Design Practice through Design Research,” co-authored by Emily Chmielewski, EDAC, Associate and Senior Design Researcher at Perkins Eastman, and Nicholas Watkins, Ph.D., Director of Research at EwingCole. The paper takes an in-depth look at the current state of the design research field, dissects the many challenges researchers face, and contemplates broad solutions for advancing the practice of design research for the overall betterment of the architectural design field.

In March 2016, the Perkins Eastman and EwingCole research teams, led by Chmielewski and Watkins, developed and instituted a comprehensive online survey of 29 questions, in partnership with the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). The survey was available online for three weeks and was completed by a mix of students, educators, designers, and design research professionals. The results of that survey were then presented at the 47th Annual EDRA Conference (EDRA47), in Raleigh, NC.

The survey’s questions focused on such topics as: Defining one’s role; the value and credibility of design research; research methods, knowledge sharing, and sustainability of design research in practice, among others. “Many of our respondents wear multiple hats,” says Chmielewski. “An educator will also participate in research practice, for example, and many others do not have one area of specialization. Most are conducting research in multiple sectors and on varied project types.”

At EDRA47, the teams engaged in conversation with various conference attendees about the many challenges related to conducting design research as well […]

Interior Architecture & Design, PLLC Joins EwingCole

Interior Architecture & Design, PLLC Joins EwingCole

Interior Architecture & Design (IDeA) is joining EwingCole, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering, and interior design firms. IDeA provides planning and interior architecture and interior design services to a select group of education, healthcare, institutional, workplace, and government clients. EwingCole and IDeA’s combined resources will provide research-based interior architecture design to deliver innovative, human-centered solutions to clients. “IDeA’s design team provides immediate leadership and interior architecture expertise to our new offices in Charlotte and Raleigh and the creative team provides a depth of resources for clients nationwide,” said Mark Hebden, EwingCole’s President. “We look forward to cultivating their research, which validates successful planning and design strategies, and introducing it to current and future clients.”

“EwingCole’s breadth of expertise and knowledge enhances our ability to lead our clients and support them with a wider range of services,” said Dawn Gum, IDeA’s Managing Partner. “Joining EwingCole provides the opportunity to apply our interior architecture research and design to larger projects across a broad-spectrum of building types.”

The combining of firms supports EwingCole’s goal to provide integrated design services to clients in the region, as well as allow further expansion into the southeastern United States. In addition, IDeA’s workplace research supports EwingCole’s mission to provide our clients, the community, and the environment evidence-based design excellence.

BBH Design Joins EwingCole

Combining National Expertise Across Markets To Deliver The Best Planning, Design, And Delivery To Clients

BBH Design is joining EwingCole, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering, and interior design firms. BBH Design is an innovative, research-informed architecture practice that provides planning, architecture, and design research services to the regions most respected education, healthcare, and science organizations. This strategic initiative leverages EwingCole’s national network and resources with BBH Design’s regional industry expertise to deliver an unparalleled experience to clients. “BBH Design’s team provides added leadership and expertise in many of the industries EwingCole serves,” said Mark Hebden, EwingCole’s President. “EwingCole and BBH Design share a strong focus on cultivating client relationships and being recognized as trusted advisors. We look forward to combining our resources, building on our current success, and expanding into new markets.”

“By joining EwingCole, a firm whose culture aligns with ours, we are able to draw on their talent to increase the services we provide our clients,” said BBH Design’s CoFounders and Managing Principals Rich Beale and Douglas Hall. “EwingCole’s broad areas of expertise will not only enhance our regional presence, but it will also expand the types of clients we serve.”

The combining of firms shapes the future of EwingCole by providing a platform to better serve existing clients in the region, allowing for further expansion into the southeastern United States. In addition, BBH Design’s research team has developed new visualization tools that examine the relationships between occupants and how they operate within their built environment. These tools can be utilized by current and future […]

EwingCole Named Winner of the 5th Annual Healthcare Interior Design Competition







EwingCole, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering, and interior design firms, is pleased to announce that it has been named a winner of the International Interior Design Association’s 5th annual IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition. This competition honors and celebrates outstanding originality and excellence in the design and furnishings of healthcare interior spaces. EwingCole was recognized in the category of Community/Academic/Teaching Hospitals, for Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

“The winners of this year’s IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition created exceptionally designed environments that are positively impacting the well-being of the patients treated in these facilities as well as their families and those who work there. With more research showing the link between design and positive patient outcomes, these designers are making a tremendous impact on the healthcare industry,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP.

The jury panel reviewing this year’s competition included Michelle Clark, IIDA, RID, LEED AP (Senior Associate, Rees Associates Inc.); Suzen L. Heeley (Executive Director, Design + Construction, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center); and Lisa Herriott, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C (Interior Designer, Project Manager, UW Medicine | Harborview Medical Center).

Ownership. Energy. Place.

A New York square foot is often as cramped as a New York minute is fast.

In a New York square foot each element, finish and surface needs to do double duty.  Sometimes triple duty.

The owner asks: how much program can we eek out of this floor plate, and how few dollars can we spend to get there?

The designer asks: can we achieve our client’s goals AND deliver a space that packs a visual punch?

A few smart strategies helped us create a highly functional office space for Memorial Sloan Kettering; one that can flex to accommodate staff changes and also has lots of visual character.

A lively color palette energizes the open work areas. To extend the height of the space, we opted to expose sprinkler piping, use pendant mounted light fixtures and paint the surfaces white. The exterior wall is left uncluttered, to maximize daylight. Using the floor as an opportunity to provide a dramatic “ground,” we worked with Shaw Contract Group’s Hexagon Collection to create a custom installation pattern to define different zones in the space.

Located on two floors of a converted 8 level parking structure in downtown Manhattan, each 3,500 sf space accommodates 32 people in unassigned benching workstations and up to an additional 6 staff in a large, shared manager office. Each floor also has a small conference room, copy/storage area, and individual lockers for computers and personal items. The height and configuration of the lockers also serves as an informal meeting space and coffee bar.

As a New York City-sized […]

Writing on The Wall

A few weeks back a question came in from a designer in our New York office; she was looking for recommendations on good writable wall surface options. Like so many products in our industry, this is a specialty segment that has evolved and improved over the last decade and the options for its use continues to expand.

Walltalkers, a division of Koroseal, introduced dry erase wallcoverings over 20 years ago to remedy the disadvantages of traditional marker boards. They continue to offer several products that give you the look of a whiteboard including magnetic capabilities and projection surfaces.

Development of painted applications came next and these have gone though the most evolution as a product. Painted applications now include low VOC options, and a clear top coat (think “nail polish top coat”) that can be applied to virtually any surface. A few sources for paint products in this category are Sherwin Williams, Wink from Wolf Gordon, FUZE from MDC, and Idea Paint, which was my first introduction to this product.

Here are a few tips that we’ve learned over the years to help ensure a successful application and a happy client.

If you are using true whiteboard paint- Are all the walls in the space going to be white? How will the end-users know which one is ok to write on? Maybe the other walls get some art so you can differentiate which is which.

Similarly, if you are using the clear top-coat on a colored wall or on a veneer- think about how the users will […]

Reinventing Our Communities: Transforming Our Economies

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EwingCole Wins Five Illumination Awards of Merit

EwingCole is pleased to announce that five projects received national awards of merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). The projects are:

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS, San Francisco, CA
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Harrison, NY
SUNY Upstate Cancer Center, Syracuse, NY
Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA
The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, West Wing Renewal, Washington, DC

“As designers, we use light to enhance the architectural story,” said Angela Matchica, LC, PE, LEED AP, EwingCole’s director of lighting design. ”Lighting is an integral component of design with the ability to transform the static into kinetic.”

The Illuminating Engineering Society creates the premier lighting community dedicated to promoting the art and science of quality lighting to its members, allied professional organizations, and the public. Its more than 8,000 members are manufacturers, lighting designers, architects, contractors, educators, and those working in affiliated fields, all dedicated to improving the lighted environment.